Hats off to vol­un­teers at Tober­mory Lifeboat Day

The Oban Times - - News -

AF­TER a week of wet and windy weather, the rain stayed away for Tober­mory’s Lifeboat Day.

The hard­work­ing or­gan­is­ers of Tober­mory RNLI’s an­nual event were hugely re­lieved to awake on the morn­ing of Sun­day Au­gust 14 to find that the rain had fi­nally stopped fall­ing.

A few hours later, there were big crowds at the event be­ing treated to a range of stalls, games and ac­tiv­i­ties – and of course, the raft race which was won this year by the Tober­mory Guides.

Even school chil­dren, who were no doubt dread­ing the new term start­ing in just a few days, had an op­por­tu­nity to ‘sponge the teacher’ with lo­cal school­teach­ers, Kirsty and Kirsten at­tempt­ing to dodge the wet sponges be­ing so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally thrown by some of their pupils.

Dur­ing the fi­nal preparations the pre­vi­ous evening, the vol­un­teer crew were called away to go to the as­sis­tance of a stricken yacht at the Bull Hole in the Sound of Iona.

The vol­un­teer crew launched at 6.11pm to help the yacht, which was drag­ging its an­chor and was un­able to use its en­gine as it had over­heated.

On ar­riv­ing at the scene, the yacht had man­aged to get un­der way and was head­ing to the shel­ter of Tinker’s Hole.

The lifeboat es­corted the yacht and once it was con­firmed that it was se­curely at an­chor and the skip­per was happy, the vol­un­teer crew headed back to Tober­mory where the lifeboat was re­fu­elled and made ready for ser­vice shortly af­ter 10pm.

Fol­low­ing Lifeboat Day, Tober­mory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘ We’re still gath­er­ing in the funds but we think that well over £4,000 was raised to help save lives at sea.

‘Thanks to ev­ery­one for their gen­eros­ity and we hope you had as much fun as we did.

‘Thanks, too, to all the stall hold­ers, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who so kindly do­nated prizes and things to sell, as well as to our col­leagues from the Fire Brigade and Tober­mory Coast­guard who at­tended with their equip­ment. Thanks also to our hosts, the Tober­mory Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘ We’re also grate­ful, yet again, to Alas­dair McCrone and Alas­dair Satchell for their witty and en­er­getic commentary.

‘Fi­nally, we’d also like to thank our RNLI shop vol­un­teers who took more than £700 on the day – and par­tic­u­larly our amaz­ing fundrais­ing branch who have been work­ing and plan­ning hard be­hind the scenes for many months to en­sure that to­day was a huge suc­cess.’

The an­nual lifeboat day was a huge suc­cess in Tober­mory, with a range of stalls, games and ac­tiv­i­ties to keep ev­ery­one en­ter­tained.

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